Caracas: A man
robbed a surgeon and his staff at gunpoint during a procedure
being performed in the operating theatre of a hospital in the
central Venezuelan city of Maracay, making off with watches, cell
phones and money, an official said.
The robber, pretending to be a patient, broke into the operating
theatre Thursday at Red Cross headquarters in Aragua, the head of
the institution in that state, Juan Mario Gualano, told EFE.
"He (the robber) suddenly took out a gun, burst into the operating
room and demanded the submission of the medical staff doing
surgery on a patient," Gualano said, describing the incident as "a
really crazy thing".
The assailant grabbed cell phones, watches and cash from the
operating theatre staff, who never interrupted the surgery.
"The patient is in stable condition, but imagine the crisis it put
our medical personnel in, having to continue operating while being
assaulted," the official said.
Gualano added that, according to patients' accounts, the
individual talked on the phone with another person just before
pulling out his gun, with which he also threatened patients in the
ward and their relatives in the waiting room.
He said the assailant got away on a motorcycle and regretted that
this was the second such incident here, after the one last year
when his own son was hit with four bullets during an assault.
"Crime is out of control," Gualano said.